The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a press release after an interim evaluation of the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility and assures everyone that there is no poop in our waters. Well, at least none that’s their fault. The level of harmful bacteria is “low or non-existent, and well within the range considered safe for swimming,” according to the EPA. This is good news for people who go swimming at the beaches in Lahaina.
“The results from DOH confirm that our ocean water is clean and safe,” said Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa. “The County of Maui, State of Hawaii Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency continue to work cooperatively to obtain the best science to inform our decisions, a process that is ongoing.”
Apparently, there is an ongoing investigation by federal and state agencies apparently prompted by the facility being under fire last year for allegedly injection wastewater still containing bacteria into groundwater, and the Mayor’s comments come in response to that. Earthjustice is also suing the County of Maui over their alleged injections of contaminated wastewater into the groundwater.
The final draft of the report is expected to be released in June 2013.